Common Dance Injuries: Shin Splints

Dance Injury Prevention

Research has shown that dance injury rates are extremely high (ranging from around 81 to 97 per cent) and that dancers tend to ignore the warning signs of traumas dictated by pain and discomfort. Many dance injuries can be prevented by increasing the level of awareness and knowledge among dancers and teachers. Dance injuries can be quite different from traditional sport injuries, as performing artists typically dance year-round with minimal rest or cross-training. Dancers can prevent injuries by cross-training with appropriate conditioning programs (Yoga, Pilates, Feldenkrais, and Alexander Technique), learning correct dance technique and resting any previously injured sites. Continue reading

On the joys of being a librarian

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Here in the Jerwood Library we’re not at all surprised that so many people in a recent survey said they wanted to be librarians. Modern librarianship is incredibly varied and brings together people with a huge array of skills in areas including teaching, customer service, IT, management, social media, and research, along with more traditional skills you would expect from your librarian.

These are some of the reasons we love working in libraries Continue reading

Co Motion Inclusive Youth Dance Platform – An outstanding evening of creative work

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Co Motion – Inclusive Youth Dance Platform is a biannual event, which started in 2009. It is a fantastic opportunity for mixed ability dance groups, including those with learning and physical disabilities, to perform on the Laban Theatre stage. Continue reading

Post REF – could you help us define the future of music and dance?

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The Government’s 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), which assesses the quality of research at UK higher education institutions, found that 68% of Trinity Laban’s research was classified as “internationally excellent” or “world class,” with 100% of research impact deemed as “internationally excellent” or “world class.”

Dr Jonathan Clark, Head of Research at Trinity Laban, talks about the REF results and the next five years. Continue reading

Experience of a Tester: Performance Optimisation Package

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As a member of both the dance science and health teams, I was lucky enough to be part of the very first POP musculoskeletal and fitness screening session on the 7th of February 2015. Dance UK’s Performance Optimisation Package, or ‘POP’ is a tailored synthesis of services for both the working and training dancer that aim to help maintain fitness and well-being for performance. As part of this package dancers are entitled to two health and fitness screens, which are carried out by dance scientists and other healthcare practitioners in several centres across the UK. Continue reading

Be part of …in the middle with you

In anticipation of Hagit Yakira’s final performance of …in the middle with you at Laban Theatre on Thursday 19 March, Hagit discusses the autobiographical elements of the piece in this Q&A:

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What does ‘being in the middle’ mean to you?

…in the middle with you is a piece based on personal stories, a celebration of human experience.

We would like to invite you to contribute to the piece, to enrich it by offering your own stories, photos images, songs, thoughts on what ‘being in the middle’ means to you.

Our collection of stories will help us in developing the piece and will follow us on tour as a foyer installation.

Feel free to comment to this blog post, send us an email hagit@hagityakira.com or send us your stories via our facebook page.

Help us make …in the middle withyou live beyond the stage.

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Wendy Houstoun prepares for Laban Theatre

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Winner of Outstanding Female Performance at the National Dance Awards and a Compass Commissions Artist for 2015/16, Wendy Houstoun will be performing her award winning show Pact with Pointlessness at the Laban Theatre this week (5 March). In the run up to this performance, we asked her to tell us about her week in preparation. Continue reading